Mechanical Engineering, BSE

Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

Mechanical Engineering is a competitive field and it has become more important to take steps to help distinguish oneself. Graduate school admissions as well as Industry leaders have become increasingly focused on students with dedication to community service, as well as those students showing their ability to be diverse individuals. Participating in Global Education opportunities will help any student attempting an Engineering career to create a diverse, accomplished portfolio along with research and internships. Global Education programs can be crucial to an engineering student’s educational experience.  

Global Education programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:

  • Exposing you to unique environments and differences in the human condition worldwide;

  • Expanding your knowledge of culturally specific STEM or human approaches;

  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under sometimes difficult and harsh social and cultural circumstances;

  • Exposing you to research and internship across the world;

  • Increasing professional and education network

  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;

  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through the kinds of hands-on research and community-based opportunities you will need to compete and succeed in today’s challenging and quickly changing STEM fields

A Message from the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

“In an increasingly globalized and connected world, it is extremely beneficial for engineering students to engage in the global environment as early as possible. This will aid them in working with people from many different countries and cultures to solve challenging problems that face our world.”

- Dr. Lenore Dai, Director SEMTE

“Study Abroad for Engineers provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning in a small group setting. Live in a different culture and learn how the engineering profession operates in foreign countries. Because senior capstone projects are group-intensive, friends made on Study Abroad Engineering programs pay dividends far into your academic future.” 

- Dr. Timothy Takahashi, Faculty SEMTE 

Planning Your Program 

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

With advance planning, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU.

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Spring Start looking into Global Education options that interest you.

Make an appointment to discuss with your academic advisor. Identify a summer/fall Global Education program
Summer - Optimal Complete a summer Global Education program
OR
Identify a fall Global Education program
Year 2

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program (fall or summer)
Fall Complete a fall semester Global Education program
Identify a summer Global Education program
Spring Complete spring break Global Education program
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3 Fall - Spring Investigate Internship/research opportunities
Complete a semester, winter break, or spring break Global Education program
Apply for internships/research
Apply for 4+1 (if eligible)
Start studying for and take GRE exam
Attend Career Fair(s)
Summer Complete a summer Global Education program

Participate in Research or Internship
Year 4 Fall - Spring Apply for grad school
Attend Career Fairs(s)

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

While we recommend participating in a Global Education program, it is important that you work with your advisor to confirm a plan to help you stay on track to complete your degree. It is usually recommended that Engineering students participate in a Global Education program earlier in their degree program or during the summer to avoid a delay in graduation.  

“Participating in a study abroad program can be a great way to round out your ASU experience and, for engineering students, balance out your technical training.  Consider going early, before you really dive into the core courses of your major, as these more specialized topics can sometimes be hard to find at other institutions.”  David Nielsen - Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Chair for Chemical Engineering

Advice from the Global Education Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a GEO Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will a Global Education program impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet with the Global Education Office

Meet with the Global Education Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have participated in various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad. 

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email or Live Chat with them on the Global Education Office website Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Global Education Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone or via Zoom.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Global Education Office webpage for your program of interest.

  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Global Education Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?

  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?

  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?

  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?

  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for up front?

  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The Fulton Schools of Engineering offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply. 

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Global Education Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through fall and spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

SEMTE Student Testimonials

 “It’s not often that a university has a study abroad option for aerospace engineering, and it was in England of all places!  There is truly nothing like seeing the world through new eyes in a different country…try every new thing that you dare to, most of us only get this opportunity once.”

Nicole Gonzalez

Recommended Programs

Although Mechanical Engineering majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School For Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Spain
Unique Features: The EPICS Program engages students in a year-long design project working with an international team of interdisciplinary students. Students learn human-centered design and social innovation through the development of a real-world solution to difficult community challenges. This is an opportunity to gain additional exposure to cultural, social, economic and environmental context for complex community-based engineering challenges. In addition, students will work on collaborative international teams, participate in international design reviews and deploy their project with their partners in Spain.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Post-Spring
Country: Vietnam
Unique Features: The EPICS Program engages students in a year-long design project working with an international team of interdisciplinary students. Students learn human-centered design and social innovation through the development of a real-world solution to difficult community challenges. This is an opportunity to gain additional exposure to cultural, social, economic and environmental context for complex community-based engineering challenges. In addition, students will work on collaborative international teams, participate in international design reviews and deploy their project with their partners in Vietnam.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Countries: Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden
Unique Features: The EuroScholars program allows students to conduct research at one of seven internationally-renowned European research universities (primarily at KU Leuven in Belgium for projects across Engineering disciplines). Students take one course and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific academic research project. Students are challenged to conduct original research while learning about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: Hong Kong
Unique Features: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is the Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering's (FSE) hand-picked exchange partner in Asia, and FSE students have the opportunity to study engineering (taught in English) at one of the top universities in the world for one or two semesters! HKUST offers courses in mechanical engineering, making this an excellent study abroad option! Students live in Hong Kong--a city boasting outstanding cuisine, a hopping nightlife and unique cultural attractions.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Singapore
Unique Features: A leading global university center in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. This program offers an 8-week long summer internship, and information about project placements can be found on the SERIUS website. Students should preferably be in their junior year (within Engineering), but sophomores who are motivated and academically prepared are welcome to apply. Successful applicants should have relevant work/research/internship experience.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Founded in 1851, the University of Manchester is the largest of England's great civic universities with 28,000 undergraduates. University of Manchester's degree programs are career-oriented and designed with input from industry and commerce to ensure students develop skills relevant to today's workplace. Students can complete lower-division Math and Physics requirements at the University of Manchester that will transfer back to ASU as direct equivalents. Students should plan to attend in Spring semester since early exams are not offered during Fall.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Known as Australia’s most international campus, University of New South Wales (UNSW) is located in Sydney, Australia. Students living in Sydney can experience the famous Sydney Harbour, distinct neighborhoods, fantastic beaches, and amazing museums; in fact, Sydney has repeatedly been voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world! UNSW is recognized as a leader in engineering education, and is the largest center for engineering studies in Australia.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Country: Australia
Unique Features: The University of Queensland is located in the greater metro area of Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, and the third largest city in the Australia. The city is renowned for fabulous year-round weather and healthy outdoors living. Brisbane is home to people from many cultures, as evidenced by a diverse range of dining alternatives and a thriving arts and cultural scene. Take courses in Physics, and soak up all this incredible city has to offer!